03. January 2017
Today we did something awesome: after breakfast we grabbed our camera and went to the park for feeding squirrels with peanuts and as you can see on the pictures. They were really trusting and so many of them came to get some nuts. They even came on our lap, some stayed there to eat and all of them were really gentle with taking the food out of our hands.. well with me they were friendly and gentle, when it was Janniks turn one bit him a little.
Unfortunately it started raining, at first we didn't really care because we were busy with the squirrels and it was a cute diversion. But after a while it got really cold so we left to go that charming cafe again (Coffee and HoCho) and stayed for around 2 hrs, then went home to get our things and go by subway to the other AirBnB appartment which was a little out of town. First time we spent money on subway tickets. Way took longer than expected because last night the snow was melting and then it got cold again, so the sidewalks were really slippery, we had to be carefull not to fall down with our backpacks.
And once again: let´s enjoy the snowy world outside and go for a walk and of course again- SHOPPING, because when there´s a 36 hour bus ride coming up combined with Janniks ability and need to eat, you can imagine that you need to be prepared, especially if you don´t want to spend much money.
So we went to the botanical garden which was close to our apartment, its a huge park with a Chinese and Japanese garden, which are supposed to be really pretty in winter as well. Unfortunately they were closed due to constructions. But anyway the the huge park offered a lot of space to walk, for example in the “Alps” and on the walkways or off the paths: through deep snow in between large, snow covered, beautiful fir-trees. The sky was a little cloudy and grey, but soon the sun came out and sunbeams made their paths through the treetops.
Unfortunately we had to leave the park after only 2 hours because some errands needed to be done:
printing the bus tickets, grocery shopping, and preparing all the food for the upcoming day.
We had a semi-nice walk through of course, still deep snow to go to the stores. Which took us again longer then expected, as we did not only had to watch out for slippery spots under the snow but also had to be aware not to walk so close to the streets.
Muddy dirty snow on the streets combined with fast cars are not that good for pedestrians.
We aimed for Canadian tire to look for some travel mugs to take hot tea, coffee or soup with us, hoping to find a nice store with good selection of fruit and vegetables and across the street we found one - an Arabian. So all in all it was pretty successful. Walking home would have been nice but also would take about an hour. Fate also wanted us to take the bus-while running the last errands the snowfall and the wind were getting more heavier, so we took the bus.
The Evening we spent around 1 hour in the kitchen, cooking, eating and of course packing the backpacks.
Getting up a 5 am to get ready and be on time for the bus. Better a little too early then too late:)